Sherrill, out with mid-back tightness, is to pitch an inning Tuesday and Thursday nights. He will throw the fourth inning on Thursday after Padilla, out since April with a right elbow injury, pitches the first three innings.
The Dodgers will be able to activate Sherrill on June 8, his first day of eligibility, if all goes according to plan, team trainer Stan Conte said.
After Thursday, Padilla is to remain on a five-day rotation and make at least two more rehab starts while building his pitch count to at least 75 pitches. Padilla threw a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium on Monday.
Cory Wade's name is also starting to appear on the horizon. The right-handed reliever was put on the 60-day DL at the start of the season because of surgery on his throwing shoulder but has started to throw bullpen sessions in Arizona. Wade has been throwing primarily fastballs and thrown off a mound only a couple times.
"Off flat ground, he's done really well and enough time has gone by from the surgery," Conte said. "He'll be able move a little bit faster than Padilla just because he's a reliever."
Hurt last season, Wade was 2-3 with a 5.53 ERA 27 2/3 innings, but posted a 2-1 record with a 2.27 ERA in 71 1/3 innings in 2008.